Read Judges 3:12-30.
Next notice that Ehud was carrying a “concealed weapon”. When you are trying to get the dirt out of your life you too must carry a concealed weapon. Ehud’s concealed weapon was a dagger which had two edges. This is a type of another weapon; one that every believer in the LORD Jesus Christ should carry with them everywhere that they go. Let’s look at a couple of scriptures so that you can see what I mean:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (Revelation 1:16)
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2:16)
The two-edged sword being spoken of in these passages is the Word of God. This is the only offensive weapon mentioned in Ephesians 6 when it talks about the believer putting, on the whole, armor of God.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Ephesians 6:11-17)
If we are to get the dirt out of our lives we must carry this weapon with us daily, and conceal it in our hearts as noted in the following passages:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:11)
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. (Psalms 37:30-31)
The only way that I know to conceal God’s Word in my heart is to commit it to memory. Memorizing scripture is a very important element of our lives. If we are to battle the dirt that is in our lives then we must have ready access to the only offensive weapon that we have. If you haven’t considered the importance of scripture memorization before today; then my prayer is that you will give it some attention starting today.
Memorizing Scripture does not need to be intimidating. Following are a few methods that I have used to assist me in memorizing God’s Word:
Repetition is the method that I use the most. I usually break the passage up into small parts and read that over, and over again until I can recite that part without looking, and then move to the next phrase, and keep doing that until I have the whole verse or verses memorized.
It is important to make sure that you memorize the reference location with each verse that you memorize (IE John 3:16). This is important especially if you are sharing with another person so that you can let them know where it is found.
Another method is utilizing index cards. Just write the verse and reference on an index card, and carry it with you wherever you go, and read it every chance you get until it is so familiar to you, that you can recite it without looking. (I know this is still a form of repetition, but what can I say it’s the best way in my opinion).
Leave a comment if you have found a good technique of memorizing scripture so that we can all benefit from what God has shown you.
Remember in order to be effective at getting the dirt out of your life; don’t go empty handed.